Pro12: Treviso 17-32 Newport Gwent Dragons

Jonathan Evans breaks away for the Dragons
Jonathan Evans breaks away for the Dragons in Treviso
Treviso (0) 17
Tries: Bacchin, penalty try Cons: Hayward 2 Pens: Hayward
Dragons (17) 32
Tries: J Evans, Amos, Prydie 2 Cons: Prydie 3 Pens: Prydie 2

Tom Prydie scored two late tries to help Newport Gwent Dragons see off a fightback and record a first Pro12 win in Treviso.

The wing also kicked three conversions and two penalties in a man-of-the-match display.

Jonathan Evans broke the early deadlock and Hallam Amos also raced away.

Enrico Bacchin's try, Jayden Hayward's kicking and a penalty try brought Treviso back, but Dragons held their nerve and Prydie did the rest.

The Welsh region had previously won at Stadio Monigo in the European Cup in 2007.

But they were not to be denied as they sought to go into their European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues on Saturday 4 April in confident mood.

In the process, Dragons' bonus-point win put them one place above their arch-rivals in the table.

Blues now occupy 10th spot, above bottom club Zebre and Treviso.

Lyn Jones' side built a 17-0 lead by the break, inspired by the Evans snipe that broke Treviso's early resistance.

Dragons celebrate Jonathan Evans' try
Dragons celebrate Jonathan Evans' try

Prydie converted and added a penalty before Amos underlined his burgeoning talent with a classy finish from long range.

Five-timed capped Prydie added the conversion and a penalty early in the second period.

But while Jones will have been pleased by the manner in which the Dragons took the initiative, their resolve in the face of Treviso's spirited comeback may have been more satisfying.

Centre Bacchin earned the hosts' first reward, converted by full-back Hayward.

When Treviso's pack demolished Dragons' scrum to earn a penalty try, the momentum was firmly going the hosts' way.

Tyler Morgan takes on Treviso's defence
Replacement centre Tyler Morgan takes on Treviso's defence

Hayward's conversion and a penalty put them three points behind.

But after taking their punishment, Dragons dished out some more of their own as Prydie went over for his first try.

He fluffed the conversion, but made amends by winning a foot-race for his second try and knocking over the extras from the touchline.

Newport Gwent Dragons: Jason Tovey, Tom Prydie, Pat Leach, Jack Dixon, Hallam Amos, Dorian Jones, Jonathan Evans; Boris Stankovich, T. Rhys Thomas, Brok Harris, Andrew Coombs, Cory Hill, James Thomas, James Benjamin, Nick Crosswell.

Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Phil Price, Dan Way, Taulupe Faletau, Ollie Griffiths, Luc Jones, Tyler Morgan, Carl Meyer.

Treviso: Jayden Hayward, Simone Ragusi, Michele Campagnaro, Enrico Bacchin, Ludovico Nitoglia, Sam Christie, Alberto Lucchese; Mat Luamanu, Francesco Minto, Marco Barbini, Corniel Van Zyl, Antonio Pavanello (capt), Rupert Harden, Davide Giazzon, Matteo Zanusso

Replacements: Albert Anae, Romulo Acosta, Matteo Muccignat, Marco Fuser, Meyer Swanepoel, Dean Budd, Andrea Pratichetti, Edoardo Gori

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Giuseppe Vivarini, Cladio Blessano (both FIR)

Citing Commissioner: Maurizio Vancini (FIR)

TMO: Carlo Damasco (FIR)

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